Mazda‘s excellent sedan, the Mazda6, is not really on the radar of most North American consumers, even though it’s a worthy competitor in the segment. That’s not to say that the car is a flop, but it’s not as strong a seller as, say the Hyundai Sonata or Ford Fusion, let alone the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord.
Evidently, the car is popular in the rest of the world. Mazda has just celebrated building 2,000,000 Mazda6 sedans at its plant in Hofu, Japan. The milestone took roughly8 years to achieve, not a bad timeframe for a car from a smaller manufacturer like Mazda.
“I was the first generation model’s development program manager, and I still have a special fondness for this terrific car,” said Seita Kanai, head of R&D and Program Management for Mazda. “I’m grateful to the two million-plus customers around the world who have purchased a Mazda6. I would like to say thank you to each and every customer.”
Kudos to Mazda on building a boat load of fine cars that the common person can buy. We’re anxiously waiting for the upcoming diesel version due in 2012.